The Passage’s CEO, Mick Clarke, responds to announcement from Dame Louise Casey, calling for community partners to help with COVID rough sleeping crisis

Dame Louise Casey, who is leading the specialist taskforce responsible for implementing the next phase of the Government’s support for rough sleepers during the pandemic, has made an announcement today, calling for community partners to help with the COVID rough sleeping crisis. A call which has been backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster. In the announcement, she appeals to all parts of society, including communities, businesses, charities and faith groups, to join forces and help the new Rough Sleeping Taskforce.

The Passage is supporting the new initiative as a partner, with its ‘Home for Good’ scheme joining forces with Housing Justice to mobilise its network of churches and other faith and community groups.

Since the covid-19 pandemic began, The Passage has been doing all it can to help people off the streets and into temporary accommodation, support those in our accommodation projects and provide a food hub, feeding 350 people a day who are in temporary accommodation.

Whilst The Passage continues to provide these much needed services, it is vital that work is also carried out to ensure no one goes back to the streets after being helped into temporary accommodation.

Mick Clarke, Chief Executive of The Passage, said:

“The Passage is very pleased to have been asked to share our learning from our Home for Good project, which matches those coming off the streets and into accommodation with a volunteer from the community they are moving to and helps them sustain their accommodation.

We are proud of our work, in collaboration with many other agencies, helping people off the streets and into temporary accommodation. As the focus moves to helping people stay off the streets, we are also proud to work in partnership with Housing Justice volunteers on our ‘Home for Good’ scheme nationally. Everyone deserves to have a place they can call home. Every one of us can play our part to help those coming off the streets sustain that home; ‘Home for Good’ is one way that those who care can get involved and do just that.”


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